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NHTSA's R1200 Fuel Leak Investigation


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There has been some action in NHTSA's Preliminary Evaluation of R1200 fuel leaks. NHTSA sent an 8 page letter to BMW NA asking for all kinds of data. You can download the letter here. Type PE12036 in the QUICK SEARCH - NHTSA Action Number box and click Search. On the subsequent page click on Document Search and open the item IR TO MFR.

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I find it interesting the K bikes are not listed. They crack, they leak and although it is not the same part number used in the R bikes, the fuel bulk head is identical.

 

Mine was replaced last summer by BMW way outside of the warranty period after the cracks started to leak on an 08 K12GT.

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I find it interesting the K bikes are not listed. They crack, they leak and although it is not the same part number used in the R bikes, the fuel bulk head is identical.

 

Mine was replaced last summer by BMW way outside of the warranty period after the cracks started to leak on an 08 K12GT.

 

I suspect that the years/models involved are based on the complaints filed. The fuel bulkhead design is also the same for some model year 1200s not included.

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Don_Eilenberger
if i am not the original owner will they notify us or do we keep bugging the dealer for info
Depends on who you mean as "they"..

 

If you mean NHTSA - they don't do that sort of thing. If you mean BMW, if forced to do a recall - only if you've notified them that you're the new owner of the bike. There is a free postcard to do that in your owner's manual. If you haven't sent it in, don't expect BMW to notify you.

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There has been some action in NHTSA's Preliminary Evaluation of R1200 fuel leaks. NHTSA sent an 8 page letter to BMW NA asking for all kinds of data. You can download the letter here. Type PE12036 in the QUICK SEARCH - NHTSA Action Number box and click Search. On the subsequent page click on Document Search and open the item IR TO MFR.

Direct link http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM431180/INIM-PE12036-54387.pdf

 

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I just browsed the document. When these people request information they do not leave much wiggle room for mis-interpretation of what they are asking for. Hope this works out.

 

If a recall for corrective action is issued it lasts for the life of the item (in this case the bike) until it is acted upon. A second or third owner can go to a dealer anytime after the recall is issued and request a check to see if their bike has already had the problem addressed. If not, then they are entitled to the corrective action at no cost.

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With the initial reeply due Jan 4, 2013 and the virtual certainty that BMW will request an extension, their extension request has already been sent and some sort of partial responseshould be available later in Jan, I would expect, unless NHTSA doesn't release those documents.

 

The partial repsonse may provide some interesting info.

 

 

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I wonder how many complaints they are missing. I filed complaint 10464617 on 6/8/2012. This is the list that was compiled for the PE12036 investigation opened 11/16/2012 :

 

The ODI complaints cited above can be viewed at www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/complaints under the following ODI identification numbers: 10449393, 10457823, 10475150, 10471642, 10356156, 10433733, 10442023, 10445888, 10453738, 10474390, 10417320, 10444876, 10444670, 10448104, 10425962, 10430734, 10443840, 10448325, 10471518, 10451907, 10433589, 10430822, 10467136, 10445954, 10432269, 10437222, 10444742, 10452476.

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My complaint, number 10458636, was also missing, so I contacted NHTSA. I strongly recommend anyone else with a missing complaint to do the same.

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What method did you use to contact the NHTSA (link on existing site, phone, email)?

 

To file an initial complaint I use the online method here.

 

When I need to comment on an existing complaint, I call the NHTSA investigator. For this complaint it's Bob Young, 202-366-4806. His name and phone number appear on the last page of the letter from NHTSA to BMW.

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